DES MOINES – Brook Price didn’t have much time to reflect.
The 3,200-meter run was behind. The 3,200-meter relay was ahead.
“I did a short cool-down, then I rolled out my hamstrings,” he said. “I really focused on getting rehydrated.
“There was no way I was going to let these guys down.”
Ryan Dorman put Iowa City High ahead, and that’s where the Little Hawks stayed in the Class 4A boys 3,200-meter relay at the state track and field meet Thursday at Drake Stadium.
Dorman, Mohamed Traore, Rasheem Shivers and Price won it in 7 minutes, 48.06 seconds, just ahead of Iowa City West (7:49.64).
“Getting the baton with the lead, that was huge,” said Price, who had run third in the 3,200 earlier in the morning. “I needed every inch of it.”
Dorman started it off with a 1:54.8 opening leg.
“I wanted to get us out in a good position,” Dorman said. “Brook, I knew he would get it done for us in the end.”
The 4A boys’ race is a tightly bunched affair after the first day.
Through five events, Cedar Falls is the leader with 17 points, followed by City High, Iowa City West and Clinton with 16 apiece. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (12) and Linn-Mar (11) also are right in the mix.
Linn-Mar’s Josh Evans took the lead in the 3,200 about midway through the race, winning it in 9:13.34. He was followed by Pleasant Valley’s Caleb Drake, then Price.
Evans ran the first 1,600 in 4:36, then closed in 4:37. His surge in the fifth and sixth laps opened a suitable margin.
“I kind of had it in the back of my mind where I wanted to surge,” said Evans, a junior. “I felt pretty dead. I tried to hold on for dear life.”
Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Tristan Beyer (400) and Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Craig Murtha (discus) were second-place competitors.
Beyer ran behind Deshond Robinson of Clinton. Robinson was clocked in 48.71; Beyer in 48.85. Both are juniors.
“I’ll get him next year,” Beyer said. “I’m heartbroken now. I wanted this for my team. In the fourth turn, I kind of knew he was coming up on me, and he got me right at the end.”
Murtha flung the discus 173 feet, 2 inches. Joseph Weiner of Dubuque Hempstead was the champion at 182-3.
Kennedy got third-place finishes from Willie Rhoads in the high jump and John Koelling in the 400.
“I was hoping for a PR, but it doesn’t always work out that way,” said Rhoads, who cleared 6-4. “(At 6-5), I just tried to muscle my way over it.”
Brook Price, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Craig Murtha, Drake Stadium. Class 4A boys, Iowa City High, Iowa City West, John Koelling, Josh Evans, Linn-Mar, Mohamed Traore, Rasheem Shivers, Ryan Dorman, state track and field, Tristan Beyer, Willie Rhoads